diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a graphic design that explains rather than represents especially : a drawing that shows arrangement and relations (as of parts)
2 : a line drawing made for mathematical or scientific purposes

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd How to pronounce diagramed (audio) \; diagramming or diagraming\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgra-​miŋ How to pronounce diagraming (audio) \

Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram diagram a sentence diagram a football play

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Other Words from diagram

Noun

diagrammable \ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgra-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce diagrammable (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatic \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce diagrammatic (audio) \ or less commonly diagrammatical \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce diagrammatical (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatically \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diagrammatically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for diagram

Synonyms: Noun

figure, graphic, illustration, plate, visual

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Examples of diagram in a Sentence

Noun

a diagram of the nervous system This diagram shows how the clock operates.

Verb

The coach diagrammed the new play on the blackboard. The students were required to diagram a sentence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here is a diagram showing both forces on the skater. Wired, "How to Rip a Crazy Skateboard Loop With Physics," 6 Sep. 2019 As a Björn carrier for your dog The Venn diagram of people who want to carry their dogs like babies and people who want a hole cut out of a perfectly good one-piece is a circle. Ginny Hogan Katy Fishell Katy Fishell, The New Yorker, "Proper Uses for a One-Piece Swimsuit with the Stomach Cut Out," 25 June 2019 The women produced easy-to-visualize diagrams charting the movement of ivory, tying some 30 tons of ivory seizures to the Akashas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How a San Diego AI company helped bring down an African crime boss," 24 Aug. 2019 Her lecture on sentence diagrams was drowned out by the noise, but nobody cared. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al, "Ode to the air conditioner," 14 Aug. 2019 Mac Otakara cites accessory diagrams from Apple suppliers, which point to the iPad Pro getting a bigger camera array. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Apple’s next iPad Pro could come with a rear triple-camera array," 10 Aug. 2019 As Witherspoon continued to trot out different expressions of female ambition, each extending from her real-life image like a new node in an elaborate diagram, audiences responded in kind. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Reese Witherspoon Built an Empire Out of Blonde Ambition," 31 July 2019 The screen will display a diagram showing the kit’s progress and current status. oregonlive.com, "Victims of sexual assault in Portland can track status of their evidence kits online," 23 July 2019 Walk into the Chess Forum on Thompson Street, and you will probably be greeted by an 8-year-old-boy of Asian descent, intently yet peacefully reading through a massive book filled with words and diagrams. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "This Store Sells Only Chess-Related Products—With Hopes to Win Over Millennials," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Alberto Cairo, chair of visual journalism at the University of Miami, reveals pitfalls in an example diagrammed here. Alberto Cairo, Scientific American, "Graphics That Seem Clear Can Easily Be Misread," 21 Aug. 2019 Instead there’s a cacophonous din of competing ideas, as students convene in animated groups around communal tables, shouting out solutions while feverishly diagramming them on the whiteboards that panel the walls. Aryn Baker/mauritius, Time, "‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems," 11 June 2019 For higher-dimensional data, where each point can be defined by hundreds or thousands of values, Voronoi diagrams become too computationally intensive. Quanta Magazine, "Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found," 13 Aug. 2018 Instead, Banks and Donnelly pour over the strange circular glyphs that form the alien's written language and practically diagram sentences on screen. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "'Arrival' Is a Mind-Blowing Movie About One Long Conversation," 11 Nov. 2016 The English part of me wants to start diagramming all of those sentences. Fox News, "Lessons from Tuesday's election results," 9 Aug. 2018 This is where Roberson started diagramming those rotations on the table. SI.com, "Breakaway: How Does an NBA Team Replace the Irreplaceable?," 7 Feb. 2018 Starting in November 2016, the yacht went on a whirlwind voyage, all of it on paper, in a feat of asset protection and financial engineering so elaborate that the judge diagramed it in an April ruling. David Segal, New York Times, "A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce," 6 June 2018 Johnson also spent plenty of time in the classroom, learning to better identify and diagram defenses on command. Tom Green, AL.com, "Take a behind-the-scenes look at former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson's pre-NFL Draft training," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of diagram

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diagram

Noun

Greek diagramma, from diagraphein to mark out by lines, from dia- + graphein to write — more at carve

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diagram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing that explains or shows the parts of something

diagram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to show or explain (something) in a diagram

diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Kids Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\ -​ˌgra-​miŋ \

Kids Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in the form of a drawing, plan, or chart The coach diagrammed the new play.

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